EU: New customs pre-arrival security and safety regime in March 2021

EU: New customs pre-arrival security and safety regime

The European Union on 15 March 2021 will launch a new EU customs pre-arrival security and safety regime—one that will be supported by a large-scale information system known as “ICS2” (Import Control System 2).


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According to an EC release, the new regime aims to help establish an integrated EU approach to reinforce customs risk management framework.

The new system is a core delivery of the Union Customs Code, the EU customs risk management strategy, and action plan adopted in 2014. It will support risk-based customs controls while also facilitating the free flow of legitimate trade across the EU external borders with improved data-driven customs security processes, adapted to global business models.

The new system involves a complete overhaul and reform of the existing regime; accordingly, the existing Import Control System (ICS), will be phased-out and replaced by the ICS2.

  • As an advance cargo information system, ICS2 will collect data about all goods entering the EU prior to their arrival.
  • Economic operators will have to declare safety and security data to ICS2, through an “entry summary declaration.” The obligation to file such declarations will not be the same for all economic operators. It will depend on the type of services that they provide in the international movement of goods and is linked to the three release dates of ICS2 (15 March 2021, 1 March 2023, and 1 March 2024).

All economic operators involved in handling, shipping and transporting of cargo, express or postal consignments will be affected by ICS2, and need to start preparing for the new regime. Economic operators that are not ready and fail to submit the required data to ICS2, will have consignments and cargo stopped at EU customs borders, and the customs clearance will not proceed.

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